Catherine Yu




My research interests lie in the role of patient and clinician behaviour change in knowledge translation. I am particularly interested in the development of innovative strategies for continuing professional development and patient education in chronic disease management, specifically diabetes care. My projects include interactive self-management and shared-decision making websites, order sets, computer-based simulators and interprofessional workshops and their impact on knowledge, behavior change, clinical and psychological outcomes.

Additional research specialties: mentorship, endocrinology and medical education

Recent Publications

  1. Umaefulam, V, Wilson, M, Boucher, MC, Brent, MH, Dogba, MJ, Drescher, O et al.. Assessing the feasibility, acceptability, and fidelity of a tele-retinopathy-based intervention to encourage greater attendance to diabetic retinopathy screening in immigrants living with diabetes from China and African-Caribbean countries in Ottawa, Canada: a protocol. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2023;9 (1):158. doi: 10.1186/s40814-023-01372-5. PubMed PMID:37689724 PubMed Central PMC10492373.
  2. Shearkhani, S, Plett, D, Powis, J, Yu, C, McCready, J, Lau, L et al.. Evaluating an Integrated Local System Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Case Study of East Toronto Health Partners. Int J Integr Care. 2023;23 (2):31. doi: 10.5334/ijic.7014. PubMed PMID:37360877 PubMed Central PMC10289038.
  3. Sivakumar, A, Pan, RY, Wang, A, Choi, D, Charif, AB, Kastner, M et al.. Assessing the sustainability and scalability of a diabetes eHealth innovation: a mixed-methods study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023;23 (1):630. doi: 10.1186/s12913-023-09618-x. PubMed PMID:37316850 PubMed Central PMC10264878.
  4. Konnyu, KJ, Yogasingam, S, Lépine, J, Sullivan, K, Alabousi, M, Edwards, A et al.. Quality improvement strategies for diabetes care: Effects on outcomes for adults living with diabetes. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2023;5 (5):CD014513. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD014513. PubMed PMID:37254718 PubMed Central PMC10233616.
  5. Umaefulam, V, Wilson, M, Boucher, MC, Brent, MH, Dogba, MJ, Drescher, O et al.. The co-development of a linguistic and culturally tailored tele-retinopathy screening intervention for immigrants living with diabetes from China and African-Caribbean countries in Ottawa, Canada. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023;23 (1):302. doi: 10.1186/s12913-023-09329-3. PubMed PMID:36991464 PubMed Central PMC10054218.
  6. Wang, W, Choi, D, Yu, CH. Effective web-based clinical practice guidelines resources: recommendations from a mixed methods usability study. BMC Prim Care. 2023;24 (1):29. doi: 10.1186/s12875-023-01974-1. PubMed PMID:36694137 PubMed Central PMC9872348.
  7. Chen, JTC, Austin, PC, Luo, J, Campitelli, MA, Bronskill, SE, Yu, C et al.. Patterns of diabetes testing for older adults without diabetes in Ontario's nursing homes: A population-based study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023;71 (3):720-729. doi: 10.1111/jgs.18152. PubMed PMID:36515210 .
  8. Veroniki, AA, Seitidis, G, Stewart, L, Clarke, M, Tudur-Smith, C, Mavridis, D et al.. Comparative efficacy and complications of long-acting and intermediate-acting insulin regimens for adults with type 1 diabetes: an individual patient data network meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2022;12 (11):e058034. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058034. PubMed PMID:36332950 PubMed Central PMC9639076.
  9. Chu, A, Shah, BR, Rashid, M, Booth, GL, Fazli, GS, Tu, K et al.. Trends in glucose testing among individuals without diabetes in Ontario between 2010 and 2017: a population-based cohort study. CMAJ Open. 2022;10 (3):E772-E780. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20210195. PubMed PMID:35998927 PubMed Central PMC9402266.
  10. Ndjaboue, R, Ngueta, G, Rochefort-Brihay, C, Delorme, S, Guay, D, Ivers, N et al.. Prediction models of diabetes complications: a scoping review. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2022; :. doi: 10.1136/jech-2021-217793. PubMed PMID:35772935 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (cross-appointment)
  • Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto